chapter  7
Turning material capabilities into leadership: China in Southeast Asia
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Leadership plays a signifi cant role in processes of institutionalized cooperation. However, leadership also requires an institutionalized context to be sustainable. It is seldom ad hoc . It rests on continuity, stability, and repetition. Strong leadership seems to be essential for guiding and directing a group of countries towards collective action . Conversely, cooperation between international actors raises questions about how to share both costs and benefi ts, especially when some actors are economically and/or militarily more powerful than others.